Worried that proposed Airtrack will cause traffic chaos to Staines and Egham

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By MelBattams | Sunday, October 10, 2010, 12:06

I read with interest, and worry, the recent article in the Surrey Advertiser about the proposed Airtrack rail service. Apparently Surrey County Council is planning to scrap their objections to the rail link.

Airtrack is a proposed rail service by BAA linking parts of Surrey, including Egham and Staines, Berkshire and London to Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. They’re going to use mostly existing train tracks.

One route would be from London Waterloo via Staines and through Egham. Estimates have shown that due to the increased number of train journeys through our local stations, the barriers in Egham, including the Thorpe Road barrier which leads into Staines, could be down for up to 33 minutes in every hour.

The newspaper reports that local residents are outraged and believe the council has ‘sold them down the river, as they have voted for an £11m mitigation package of minor traffic management schemes around Egham, rather than proceeding with a proposed underpass to try to solve congestion problems at level crossings in the town.’

I’m really worried about this proposal. The traffic around the Staines roundabout, going over Staines Bridge, is a nightmare at peak times already, surely this is only going to make things ten times worse. It will also completely cut Egham off, as the town has so many train barriers people will get stuck no matter which way they go.

 

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  • Profile image for StaineSiobhan

    Thank you for posting the information here. Will you also add the meeting to the Events Calendar?
    Thanks!

    By StaineSiobhan at 20:25 on 13/10/10

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    Template email for Ian Lake (author of the report mentioned in a previous post) i.lake@surreycc.gov.uk

    Dear Sir,

    In light of the recent developments surrounding the Airtrack proposal and Surrey County Council's sudden 'objection withdrawal' by being offered £11million pounds for road development - NOT INCLUDING A TUNNEL - I wish to voice
    my fears with you...

    Egham is already highly congested by the current railway line 'downtimes' - if Airtrack goes ahead it will become unbearable living in the area we currently live in.

    It will de-value our house.
    It will create terrible congestion in a small town.
    It will not benefit Egham as the train will not even stop here.
    It will not benefit the majority of people in the area with jobs.

    Surely you can see that 44 minutes per 60 (at peak times) is unacceptable for a road to be closed?

    It will create an inland island.

    It will also create problems for you as a council, as even the residents who do not contact you at this time for whatever reason will be in uproar if these plans are allowed to proceed. Please do not bow to pressure from BAA and succumb to money. Road improvements in and around Egham are not required, you know this. We need a tunnel, not £11 million which will
    invariably not be used in any part of Egham but more likely other areas within the council."

    (add any information about how difficult the existing situation already is and how NY increase in the level down time will affect you)

    Please also contact our local Surrey County Councillors:

    Mary Angell (Woodham & New Haw) Chris Norman (Chertsey) John Furey (Addlestone) Marisa Heath (Englefield Green) Melville Few (Foxhills & Virginia Water) Yvonna Lay (Egham Hythe & Thorpe)

    (Info copied from Surrey CC’s website, so hopefully if you click any of the names you will go through and find their contact details.)

    Should you with to contact any other county councillors you can find them here: http://tinyurl.com/353yngm ... r?OpenForm

    Surrey has a “Cabinet Structure”. The cabinet comprises http://tinyurl.com/36ql3qk ... endocument

    The crucial ones are

    Andrew Povey, Leader of the Council andrew.povey@surreycc.gov.uk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Ian Lake, Transport. i.lake@surreycc.gov.uk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    By NOtoAirtrack at 22:48 on 12/10/10

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    Have you heard about the next local committee meeting? Probably not. This is your chance to make your voice heard and object to a project that will be a disaster for Egham.

    Time Monday, November 1 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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    Location In the canteen area of Magna Carta School, Thorpe Rd, Staines, Middlesex TW18 3HJ


    More Info This important local commitee meeting will include BAA Airtrack –update report for comments to Cabinet (your will find more details our Facebook group and on http://tinyurl.com/32st76u ).

    Surrey Council is on the brink of withdrawing its objection to the Airtrack project WITHOUT solving the level crossing issues in Egham. Please be there to ensure that our quality of life,property value, ability to go to work without being... stuck in local congestion, local bus services and emergency services response time aren't put at risk by the Airtrack project.

    From 18:30 - there will be an informal question session where members of the public may ask questions of County Councillors about local county services. The formal meeting begins at 19:00 (members of the public may attend and observe). During the formal session, written questions and petitions will be heard and some of the topics under discussion will be:
    BAA Airtrack – update report for comments to Cabinet.

    I will post more information on how to ask a question.

    Parking is available at the back of the building. Access to the school building is via the Theatre entrance at the rear of the school.

    By NOtoAirtrack at 22:47 on 12/10/10

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